Source: http://bizdaily.com.sg, 17 Apr 2013
Who says there is no such thing as a free ride in the world?
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) said Tuesday it is embarking on a one-year trial of a free pre-peak travel scheme to better spread passenger load on commuter trains in the mornings.
The move is expected to cost the government S$10.0 million.
Early train commuters in Singapore who exit 16 designated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations in the city area before 7:45 a.m. on weekdays will be able to travel for free from June 24.
The 16 designated stations are Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Lavender, Orchard, Outram Park, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar, Bayfront, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Marina Bay and Promenade.
However, the point of entry cannot be from any of the 16 stations.
Commuters who arrive at the stations between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. will be given a discount of up to 50 S-cents from their train fare.
the Transport Minister said he hopes the trial will generate a 10 to 20 per cent shift in travel demand, adding that there is also room to improve the capacity and frequency of trains further.